That didn’t take long.
Before the sun had set on Lance Stephenson’s exit from Indianapolis, the Pacers inked a one-year deal with former Piston Rodney Stuckey.
Rodney Stuckey has agreed to join the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal, @USATODAYsports has learned. Nice pickup after losing Stephenson.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 17, 2014
This shouldn’t be too surprising considering he was one of the few shooting guards available that has a chance to match Lance’s scoring. Stuckey will help fill the Lance-shaped hole in the roster and brings a similar scoring total per a game while averaging one less turnover. Filling the point total is something Stuckey looks capable of as he averaged almost 14 points a game but how he got them are quiet different.
That brings us to the negatives of Stuckey and they are as follows: less range than Stephenson, less accurate, less of a passer. He’s going to play below the arc and that worries me. Lance helped space the floor out while Stuckey is more likely to be found near the rim with half of his shots coming from the restricted area and the rest from midrange. This could lead to some spacing issues for the Pacer offense.
Another thing though, Stuckey had “antics” issues of his own.
Rodney Stuckey replacement to fill the Stephenson void is an interesting one. — Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 17, 2014
We talk about “antics” with Lance, but Stuckey was benched for insubordination, was defensive liability & had shooting problems.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 17, 2014
So maybe he’ll fit in perfectly?